An oral thrush fungal infection is also known as Candidiasis. This develops in the mouth because of an excess of a yeast fungus called Candida albicans. Oral thrush can easily be treated with an antifungal medication, but how can you tell if you have developed it?
Who You Are
Anyone can develop thrush, but some people are more likely to get it than others. Individuals who are more likely develop oral thrush include:
- Young children or the elderly
- Denture wearers
- Those with a weak immune system due to illness
- Individuals who have a dry mouth
- Those who have recently received an antibiotic treatment (reducing the amount of bacteria which help prevent thrush)
Symptoms You Develop
Your dentist will be able to determine if your have oral thrush or not, but some symptoms of it include:
- Creamy white lesions on the inside of the mouth
- Redness or soreness that makes swallowing difficult
- A cottony feeling inside of the mouth
- A loss of taste
- Cracking or redness at the corners of the mouth
If you have any of these symptoms, visit your dentist for treatment options. Remember that the best way to prevent oral thrush from developing is by keeping good oral hygiene practices.